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Old Feb 15, 2009, 11:23 PM   #1
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Hi

I would like to buy a Macro lens for my Nion D300 but am still tyring to find out which would be the most useful and whic would produce the best results....

CUrrently I have the 18-200mm as i bought the kit and a 50mm 1.4D

I am not too familiar with the other brands but was basically given the three options as one of the best..

TAMRON SP AF90 F2.8 Di

NIKON AI 105mm F2.8 S

NIKON AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm F2.8G ED

NIkkor AF-S VR Micro Nikkor ED 105mm

SIGMA 105mm


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Old Feb 16, 2009, 7:42 AM   #2
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They're all good lenses and all shoot 1:1. It depends what you plane to shoot. A longer lens gives you more working distance between you and your subject shorter lenses are easier to keep steady when hand holding.
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Old Feb 16, 2009, 10:14 PM   #3
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Any opinion on the



Nikon 105mm VR ag MF ???
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Old Feb 17, 2009, 5:55 AM   #4
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Take a look at this review, covers the Tamron 90mm as well.

http://www.bythom.com/105AFSlens.htm

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Old Feb 17, 2009, 9:23 AM   #5
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The new 105 is by all accounts a great lens. However, I have the older 105 f2.8 AF D and it is wicked sharp and half the price on the used market. It doesn't have VR, but VR is not that significant for Macro work, which is all I use it for.
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Old Feb 17, 2009, 5:55 PM   #6
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rjseeney wrote:
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The new 105 is by all accounts a great lens. However, I have the older 105 f2.8 AF D and it is wicked sharp and half the price on the used market. It doesn't have VR, but VR is not that significant for Macro work, which is all I use it for.
I have the one before the D version and have the exact same comments. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the 105s. I also have a 60mm D and it's great for objects. The 105 gives you a bit more room with critters.
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Old Feb 18, 2009, 4:54 AM   #7
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Which of the two would you pick?

Nikon 105 f2.8 AF D

SIGMA 105mm 2.8 DG macro

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Old Feb 19, 2009, 6:30 AM   #8
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Nikon 105 f2.8 AF D
I know you can't go wrong with Nikon, and I don't know what any other brand could do that this one can't. It is about as good as it gets for what it was made for.
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Old Feb 19, 2009, 6:58 AM   #9
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You left one out:
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/964/cat/30

-> This lens is so good that it's used as a 'standard' lens to test all full-frame cameras over DXO - from the above link: "... While the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR is an excellent lens though, it doesn't match the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 for sharpness. It gets close, with the aperture closed down a couple of stops, but never quite catches the Sigma."

Personally I'll go for the 150 EX as it's an ultrasonic (AF-S): http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/180/cat/30
Again from the competition list:"... In the Nikon lineup, we recently tested the Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF, which proved to be an excellent lens, albeit not quite as prickly sharp as the Sigma 150, and with slightly higher CA and distortion numbers. The Nikon lens sells online for $100-200 more than the Sigma.

Nikon also makes a 200mm f/4 ED-IF AF that we haven't tested yet. Readers report that this lens is very sharp, but also heavy and somewhat slow to focus. It sells for more than twice the price of the Sigma 180 f/2.8."
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I recently got a Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro <http://snipurl.com/c7n0f> that I've been very happy with on my D300. It gives me a bit more working distance than the shorter lenses you've mentioned. That way I don't have to get quite so close to bees when I'm shooting flowers, etc.
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